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Despite release of US documents on 1965, TNI to stick with its version of history
BBC Indonesia – October 19, 2017
The Indonesian Military (TNI) says that it will not changes its policies or views on the September 30 Movement (G30S) in 1965 regardless of the release of 39 secret US documents that have been opened to the public and "reveal a number of new facts".

Minister: It's not just the police, TNI's responsibility to confront anti-Pancasila groups
Kompas.com – October 18, 2017
The government says there are still groups of social organisations (ormas) and individuals that explicitly want to replace the national ideology of Pancasila.

Defense minister can't comment on US documents because he was 'still a kid' back in 1965
CNN Indonesia – October 18, 2017
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says he will meet with the US Secretary of State to request an explanation about the publication of secret documents related to the 1965 affair in Indonesia.

Declassified embassy cables confirm army plot to overthrow President Sukarno
Detik News – October 18, 2017
Following the September 30 Movement (G30S) movement in 1965 there were tensions between the military and then Indonesian President Sukarno.

Indonesia to check accuracy of secret US documents on army plans to overthrow Sukarno
CNN Indonesia – October 18, 2017
The Indonesian government will check the validity and accuracy of scores of recently declassified US documents on the September 30 Movement affair in 1965 and the army's plan to overthrow then President Sukarno.

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Amnesty International urges gov't to reveal archives on 1965 mass killings
Jakarta Globe – October 22, 2017
Amnesty International has urged the government to use the information contained in recently declassified United States Embassy archives on the Indonesian mass killings of 1965 as new momentum to reveal the truth and deliver justice to survivors.

US Embassy account of 1965 mass killings hard to prove: Minister
Jakarta Globe – October 22, 2017
Recently declassified United States Embassy archives documenting Indonesia's 1965 mass killings may not be included in legal proceedings before their veracity can be established, Chief Security Minister Wiranto said.

Indonesia demands explanation after US refuses entry to military chief Gatot Nurmantyo
WA Today – October 22, 2017
Indonesia is demanding an explanation after its military chief Gatot Nurmantyo was refused entry into the United States moments before the plane departed from Jakarta on Saturday.

Could anti-Chinese violence flare again in Indonesia?
South China Morning Post – October 22, 2017
At the Orion Plaza in the North Jakarta suburb of Glodok, Along Jenggot solders a connector onto a satellite dish cable. He has worked here since before 1998, when rioters stormed the mall, looted its shops and set it ablaze. The ceiling fell in, Jenggot recalls. The walls are still charred in places.

New monarchy now less important to Thai junta than before
Ugly Truth Thailand – October 22, 2017

Despite the manic funeral ceremony from Pumipon, the new monarchy in the form of Wachiralongkorn will be less important for the junta and its conservative allies in the future.

Australian journalist Frank Palmos cited in declassified US files on communism purge in Indonesia
Sydney Morning Herald – October 21, 2017
Among a trove of chilling declassified documents that reveal the US government's knowledge and support of a campaign of mass murder against Indonesia's Communist Party in the mid 1960s, one "important cable" cites as its source a "reliable Australian journalist".

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Indonesia: Declassified US documents show urgent need to investigate 1965 atrocities
Amnesty International Press Release – October 21, 2017
Newly-released US government documents on mass killings in Indonesia in 1965 have provided new momentum for the authorities to reveal the truth about the atrocities that have been ignored for decades, Amnesty International said today.

Indonesia: US documents released on 1965-66 massacres
Human Rights Watch Statement – October 18, 2017
Newly released US government documents on the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66 underscore the need for the US and Indonesian governments to fully disclose all related classified materials, Human Rights Watch said today. Those classified documents are crucial to an accurate historical record of the killings and to provide justice for those crimes.

Indonesia: Six months later still no perpetrators found in acid attack against Novel Baswedan
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – October 16, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the stagnant investigation of the acid attack case against Mr. Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Indonesia: Indonesian Government irresponsibly denies human rights violations in Papua
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – October 6, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is very disappointed at the Indonesian government's irresponsible denial of human rights violations in Papua and West Papua province.

Statement from Benny Wenda on the West Papuan People's Petition
United Liberation Movement for West Papua – September 30, 2017
This week I delivered a petition signed by the majority of West Papuans to the United Nations, calling on the UN to act over human rights abuses in West Papua and to carry out its 1962 commitment to ensure West Papuans have the opportunity freely to exercise their right to self-determination.

New government must respond to the historic West Papuan plea for self-determination
West Papua Action Auckland Media Release – September 28, 2017
West Papua Action Auckland says the new [New Zealand] Government must respond to the historic West Papuan plea for self-determination support at the UN.

Indonesia: Stop persecution against human rights activists and victims of 1965-1966 massacre
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement – September 22, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the attacks against the right to freedom of expression, opinion and peaceful assembly that have occurred frequently over the past year in Indonesia.

Indonesia: Government must make public the 2005 fact-finding report on Munir's case
Asian Human Rights Commission Joint Statement – September 6, 2017
In commemorating the thirteen years after the killing of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, the undersigned regional and international human rights organizations call on the Indonesian President Joko Widodo to take decisive and concrete action to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

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News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: Behind Indonesia's illiberal turn
New Mandala – October 20, 2017
The past year or so has seen conspicuous setbacks to Indonesian democracy's capacity to protect many social rights, including of some of the more vulnerable members of society – most notably women, religious and sexual minorities, and victims of the 1965-66 mass killings.

Indonesia: A new ideological contestation emerging in Indonesia?
ISEAS Perspectives – October 19, 2017
A long period of ideological vacuum in mainstream politics came to an end in the lead-up to the 2014 presidential elections and was further confirmed in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections.

Indonesia: 52 years after fascist genocide, Indonesians scared of 'communist ghosts'
Dissident Voice – October 9, 2017
It was once again a hot, muggy day in Jakarta. The air was full of pollutants, epic traffic jams blocking entire center of the city. Biasa, as locals would say, or in a lax translation, 'business as usual'.

Indonesia: The road to solidarity, Indonesia June 2017
The Cloudland Collective – August 28, 2017
In June 2017 labour historian and activist Jeff Rickertt visited Indonesia with Bob Carnegie, Queensland state secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia. Here is an expanded version of an article Jeff wrote about the trip for the Queensland MUA's Branch.

Indonesia: Distinguishing piety and fundamentalism in Indonesian Muslims
New Mandala – August 17, 2017
Much existing commentary on supposed conservative trends in Indonesian Islam, either in media or opinion pieces, tends to forget the distinction between identity and behaviour.

Indonesia: Perppu Ormas: Muzzling democracy, elite conflict and the rise of fundamentalism
Arah Juang – July 2017
On Monday May 8, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Security and Legal Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Wiranto, Justice and Human Rights Minister (Menkumham) Yasonna Laoly, Home Affairs Minister (Mendagri) Tjahjo Kumolo and National Police Chief (Kapolri) General Tito Karnavia issued a statement at the security affairs ministry on the dissolution of the group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

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Suspicion that LGBT rights are 'Western agenda' fuels Indonesian crackdown
Sydney Morning Herald – October 21, 2017
Suspicion that gay rights is a "Western agenda" aimed at destroying Indonesian culture has helped fuel an unprecedented crackdown on the nation's LGBT community.

Special church service in Yogyakarta canceled after threats of religious violence
Jakarta Globe – October 21, 2017
A special service to observe the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, set to take place in Yogyakarta on Friday (20/10), had to be canceled amid threats of religious violence.

What the United States did in Indonesia
The Atlantic – October 20, 2017
A trove of newly declassified diplomatic cables reveals a surprising degree of American involvement in a brutal anti-communist purge in Indonesia half-a-century ago.

Telegrams confirm scale of US complicity in 1965 genocide
Indonesia at Melbourne – October 20, 2017

There is much outrage in the United States that a foreign state might have attempted to influence its 2016 Presidential Election. The release on 17 October of a cache of previously classified telegrams sent from the US Embassy in Jakarta provides new and damning evidence that the US is no stranger to the dark arts of covert regime change.

More drug dealers to be shot dead: BNN chief
Jakarta Post – October 19, 2017
National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso said that investigators would continue to shoot on site suspected drug dealers who refused to surrender.

US supported mass killings of half a million Indonesians in 1965
Asian Correspondent – October 19, 2017
Newly declassified documents have reaffirmed that the United States government knew about and provided support for the killings of an estimated 500,000 to a million Indonesians in 1965-66 by the Indonesian military and affiliated vigilante groups.

Indonesia: Online 'virginity auctions' reflect wider tensions over women's rights
Asian Correspondent – October 19, 2017
Controversial website nikahsirri.com exploded onto the Indonesian online dating scene in September 2017. The site quickly grabbed the attention of the Indonesian public, due to its promise of finding partners or "mitras" for each of its members for the purpose of "nikah siri", as well as for promoting "virginity auctions".

Government to crack down on fake supporters of Pancasila
Jakarta Post – October 19, 2017
The government has said it will ban organizations it believes promote anti-Pancasila values while claiming to be defenders of the state ideology.

Embassy files expose US 'support for Indonesia communist killings' in 1960s
Associated Press – October 18, 2017
Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s.

How the U.S. came to declassify 30,000 pages of Indonesian Embassy files
Voice of America – October 18, 2017
On Tuesday, nearly 30,000 pages of declassified records from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta between 1964 and 1968 were published in a collaboration between the National Declassification Center and the nonprofit National Security Archive, located at George Washington University.

Army planned to overthrow Sukarno in 1965: US declassified files
Jakarta Post – October 18, 2017
Newly declassified US government files have revealed that the Indonesian Army planned to overthrow Sukarno after failing to convince him that the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) was behind the failed coup attempt against him.

U.S. Embassy tracked Indonesia mass murder 1965
National Security Archive – October 17, 2017
The U.S. government had detailed knowledge that the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the country's Communist Party (PKI) starting in 1965, according to newly declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.

Files reveal US had detailed knowledge of Indonesia's anti-communist purge
Associated Press – October 17, 2017
Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s.

Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light
BBC News – October 17, 2017
The US knew people were being "delivered for slaughter" during a political purge in Indonesia during the 1960s, declassified documents reveal.

With paper in hand, Indonesian maids fight exploitation
Thomas Reuters Foundation – October 17, 2017
Like millions of Indonesian women who earn a living through domestic work, Leni Suryani thought that long hours for a meager salary was just the lot of a maid.

New Jakarta governor faces backlash for racially tinged speech
Reuters – October 17, 2017
The new governor of Indonesia's capital faced a barrage of criticism on Tuesday for remarks in his inauguration speech that some residents and politicians warned could stoke ethnic and religious tension in the Southeast Asian country.

Indonesia endorses killing drug suspects to cut costs
Human Rights Watch October 16, 2017
Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency (BNN) head has an innovative approach to reducing incarceration costs: killing drug suspects so that they never get to prison.

House considers ban on 'destructive' LGBT-related TV content
Reuters – October 16, 2017
Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was "dressed and behaving like a woman" and could violate broadcasting standards.

Political turbulence in East Timor could delay Greater Sunrise oil and gas treaty
Sydney Morning Herald – October 16, 2017
A landmark agreement to develop billions of dollars' worth of oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea has been referred to East Timor, where the future of country's new minority government is in doubt.

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